Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many stories have animals that talk? In all our literary experience, animal characters are among our enduring favorites. If you look carefully, the most successful animal characters are ones whose basic nature mirrors those of their human counterparts.
As winter approaches and the holiday season nears, I want to say a word about the post office, the U.S. Post Office that is. Every year, I hear all this guff about long lines, surly clerks, and delayed packages. Item one: how long have we known Christmas will come on December 25? All our lives, right? So, why wait to mail when you know the score. Item two: what attitude do you take into the post office? Whose problem is it that everyone wants to express love and caring during the holidays?
Terrible Holiday Songs Part Two: The Twelve Days Of A Cleveland Browns Christmas
I am almost positive that this is the only holiday parody song featuring the Cleveland Browns. The song features twelve unique references to the Browns team of 1980. That year, the Browns gained the nickname the Kardiac Kids due to their aptitude for late game heroics and meltdowns. It clocks in at just over four minutes.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It begins at sundown tonight. In Hebrew, the word Hanukkah means dedication and is a reminder that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. The traditions of Hanukkah may vary somewhat among communities, but three traditions are universally celebrated. They are: lighting the hanukkiyah (somewhat different than a menorah), spinning the dreidel, and eating traditional foods.
Does listening to all twelve verses of The Twelve Days of Christmas make you want to poke yourself in the eye with a sharp candy cane? Are you proud that your name is on the naughty list? When wished a rousing "Happy Holidays!", do you want to reply, "Bah! Humbug!"? If this sounds like you, count yourself a member of Team Scrooge.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and many of us are going to begin shopping, wrapping, baking, caroling … and creating a game plan for seeing the relatives.
Everyone knows what I am talking about; whether from experience or from Hollywood storylines intended to make us laugh out loud. It’s those reoccurring characters; the obnoxious uncle or the cousin who drank a little too much eggnog; that have the ability to bring the spice (and headaches) to the holidays.
This Christmas be prepared for just about anything: even Aunt Jane’s new nose.